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Dec 3, 2013

Author of “Becka Lamb” back in the jewel for the holidays

Zee Edgell

Acclaimed Belizean novelist Zee Edgell, author of the perennial classic Beka Lamb, is back in the Jewel for the holidays.  Her Christmas vacation, however, is not all rest and relaxation.  The former professor in English will be participating in an upcoming event called Meet the Author, where book collectors and fans of Edgell’s literary works will have an opportunity to make her acquaintance.  This morning, Edgell told News Five that the occasion will also serve as a chance for her to encourage Belizeans to read more.


Zee Edgell, Belizean Writer

“Well I’m here mostly to enjoy myself for three weeks but I luckily I can combine it with the Meet the Author event in Belmopan at the National Heritage Library on December eleventh at ten a.m. and I hope to be able to read a little from my books and talk to people about the writing world in general and the writing life and make some kind of contribution to the library’s stock of books.  We hope to give them, I’m sure they have them already but at least give them copies of my four books.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now your book Beka Lamb is a perennial classic amongst most of us bibliophiles but it may not be resonating as it once used to with our generation with this present generation and the younger one.  What would you say to young readers to pick up a book and read about the history of Belize, as seen through your eyes in those days?”


Zee Egdell

“You mean outside of Beka Lamb?  Well they could read Time On The River which talks about slavery in Belize which I think will surprise many people in the variety of types of slavery that we’ve experienced as a people.  And I also try to make sure that the context of slavery they could see all the different ways in which Belize operated in those days.  For young people today I think it’s very difficult because the new age demands that they be technologically wired and that means they are wired from morning to next morning.  But in my day of course we didn’t have any of those types of technology at all, we barely had the radio.  So, I suppose that makes an incredible difference in life when you are dependent on yourself for internal entertainment and discussion.”

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